I am still in the middle of my Greenbrier County civil jury trial, so my time continues to be limited. Closing arguments are slated for friday morning, and then the jury will get the case. For that reason, I can’t comment on it other than to say it is unbelievable how much jury trials take out of you. When I played football, I pushed my body to the limits physically. Then, after the game, and the next day, I was tired and worn out. For some reason, I feel the same way after a full-day of trial. The mental concentration, stress and passion that I put into it leaves me drained afterwards, as if I had been doing some strenuous physical activity all-day. For this reason, a week-long murder trial is like a triathlon, and part of your strategy has to be dealing with your physical body and your mind: drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and preparing yourself mentally each day.
– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Attorney.